Ibrahim Mahama: Songs about Roses

13 Jul-6 Oct 2024
PV 12 Jul 2024, 6-8pm

Edinburgh EH1 1DF


The first-ever solo exhibition in Scotland of the work of Ibrahim Mahama; an artist critically acclaimed for his evocative large-scale, site-specific installations that speak to the cultural and social effects of post-colonialism and global migration.

Born in Tamale in 1987, Mahama burst onto the international art scene at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 with Out of Bounds, a work that clad the massive outside wall of the Arsenale in jute sacks to make a visually spectacular and thought-provoking installation. This work set the tone for what has become Mahama’s on-going investigation into the life of materials and their dynamic potential – the jute sacks telling a visual history of the narratives of production and trade, and the more human tales embodied within.   

For Fruitmarket, Mahama is making a brand new body of work inspired bythe Gallery’s unique physical location, supported on columns above Waverley railway station. This proximity to – and dependence on – the railway is the starting point for large scale drawings, sculpture and installations referencing his own interest in and using material from the now defunct colonial-era railway of Ghana.   

Supported by the Henry Moore Foundation
With thanks to the Ibrahim Mahama Supporters Circle.

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